Casco house, barn destroyed in fire

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CASCO — A farmhouse and an attached barn burned to the ground early Tuesday morning.

According to Casco Fire Chief Jason Moen, the owner of the house at 131 Tenney Hill Road wasn’t home but another person was. He escaped safely with his dog. Moen said smoke detectors woke the man, who escaped and dialed 911.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause of the fire, which Moen said appeared to be “non-human,” such as an electrical fire.

The call came in at around 2 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the barn was already “pretty much gone,” Moen said. Firefighters contained the flames to the building.

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“When we get into these farmhouses from that era, with a lot of open spaces within the walls, it doesn’t take long for the fire to travel through there — especially last night, where we had a lot of high wind,” Moen said.

“The biggest thing that helped was the rapid response by mutual-aid towns,” he said.

Casco firefighters were assisted by Naples, Bridgton, Otisfield and Sebago firefighters

One Bridgton firefighter suffered an ankle injury while filling a tanker truck, Moen said. The injured firefighter was taken to Bridgton Hospital.

Moen said the house was insured.

treaves@sunjournal.com

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